I forgot to post my parks and rec Pittsburgh unravel my travel blog. This was suppose to go up months ago. Oh well carry on.
Unravel my Travel: Pittsburgh and vicinity
Disclaimer: Truthfully its Butler and vicinity but no one knows where that is. Butler is where my parents live, a small country town outside of Pittsburgh. Travel south towards Pittsburgh and there are museums, restaurants and sightseeing. Move away from the hustle and bustle there are some of the most beautiful parks and trails. The purpose of this travel blog is to highlight what I have experienced and enjoy about the area. I hope you enjoy while I unravel my travel.
Parks and Rec
If you head Northwest of Butler, away from the Pittsburgh area, there are beautiful places to see and visit. My father’s favorite is Maurine State Park. With thousands of acres of woods, the approximately 3300 acre Lake Author and miles of trails he describes it as his own private park. The focal point, Lake Arthur is the product of ancient glacial activity and a man made dam. They only allow small boat motors on the lake so its very quiet and the marina is filled with sail boats and pontoon boats. There are so many miles of shore line anyone can find a quiet place to fish or relax.
Pennsylvania is filled with many railroads that were used during coal mining and when steel production was high. Eventually these rails have been retired and turned into beautiful walking and biking trails. Several summers ago we visited Sandy Creek Trail, south of Pittsburgh it was quite a drive from my parent’s house but well worth the trip. The trail boasts the Belmar Bridge and its spectacular view of the Alleghany river. Tim and dad walked far enough in to see the Deep Valley Tunnel while mom and I preferred to venture off the trail a little and play in the creek.
The most recent time I visited my parents we went for a little adventure in the Allegheny River with my aunt and uncle. The initial intention was to go tubing on the river but, everyone was worried that my delicate southern nature would be too cold in the river. Instead we parked at the head of a trail, walked down along the river bank to a shallow spot to go wading. Much more fun than our muddy river here in Wilmington. There were all kinds of funky creatures lurking under the rocks. With a little cheerleading from my Aunt, I even caught my first crayfish.
In closing there is so much to do in Pennsylvania and I have only hit the tip of the iceberg offered in this area. There are more trails, museums and events to explore. I hope you enjoyed my compilation of visits. If you have visited something interesting in the area I would love to hear about it. It’s never too soon to start planning my next visit.
References, Pennsylvania Department of Natural Resources